For the first time in almost a century, America’s best baseball team calls America’s capital its home.
The underdog Washington Nationals captured the franchise’s first World Series title by defeating the mighty Houston Astros 6-2 on Wednesday night in Game 7.
With the victory, Washington became the first team to clinch a World Series without winning a single game at home.
After taking the first two games on the road and losing all three at home, the Nationals trailed at Minute Maid Park in both games 6 and 7, but still managed to pull out wins, thanks largely to some clutch hitting from third baseman and Houston native Anthony Rendon.
Wednesday’s win is even more improbable after Astros starter Zack Greinke took a one-hit shutout into the seventh inning, before Rendon, yet again, cut Houston’s 2-0 lead in half with a solo home run.
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The Nats title-winning rally was capped by Howie Kendrick’s two-run homer off the foul pole in right field, stunning the raucous Houston crowd into silence.
Daniel Hudson dealt the final blow when he struck out Michael Brantley to end the game, and one fan in particular was not shy in conveying his emotions after the historic victory.
The super-fan, with adrenaline coursing through his veins, jumped on top of the dugout, and then tore his shirt into pieces like the Incredible Hulk, before belly-flopping across the dugout roof, turning it into a beer slip-n-slide.
An incredible, iconic moment that fans of all sports will appreciate.
There will never again be those few precious moments after the Nationals got their very first World Series win, and this man took full advantage.
Well done, sir.